Things We Saw Today: New Covid Mutation Is an Unlikely ‘Futurama’ Callback
Plus book delivery on horseback, Kathryn Hahn, and more!
Whelp, a new COVID variant just dropped. The SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, aka the Omicron variant, was first reported in South Africa, and has since popped up in Botswana, Hong Kong and Belgium. The World Health Organization has designated Omicron as “a variant of concern”, citing the unusually high number of mutations which could make the variant more transmissible.
Dr. Anthony Fauci speculated that Omicron may already be in the United States, saying “I would not be surprised if it is,” in an appearance on Weekend Today. “We have not detected it yet [in the U.S.],” he added, “but when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you’re already having travel-related cases that they’ve noted in Israel and Belgium and in other places — when you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is ultimately going to go essentially all over.”
But while this is news is both A)predictable and B)disheartening, nerds are finding some levity in the name Omicron and its relation to the world of Futurama. Fans will remember the Omicronians of planet Omicron Persei 8, the large aliens frequently bent on world domination led by Emperor Lrrr.
As a result, Futurama started trending on Twitter, with everyone recalling their favorite moments from Matt Groening’s sci-fi series.
New variant is called #Omicron, the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet.
Futurama had Omicronians.
Matt Groening is from the future. pic.twitter.com/zYaOb9WP3Q
— Brad Barrett (@brad_barrett) November 26, 2021
— Maggie Thatcher the Milk Snatcher (Parody) (@maggie69parody) November 26, 2021
Futurama trending but it's actually just about covid. pic.twitter.com/nsTmU5ZQdn
— Hon. Premier Poutine (@p_poutine) November 27, 2021
me, rolling up to the "futurama memes" phase of the pandemic pic.twitter.com/DepeAsQq36
— (@jamespmcleod) November 26, 2021
Now that they've named the new variant Omicron, I will be repeating this Futurama line in my head every day for the next two years. pic.twitter.com/I3ZSVaE9l2
— Joe Sondow (@JoeSondow) November 26, 2021
Well, I’m off to drown my sorrows in a hot bucket of Popplers, sigh.
(image: 20th Century Fox)
- Surprising no one, the Gina Carano-led Rangers of the New Republic Star Wars series has been cancelled by Disney+. (via io9)
- Here’s all the Easter eggs from episode one of Hawkeye. (via Nerdist)
- Oscar Isaac talks all things Dune in new interview. (via Remezcla)
Calling all Philly area Mary Suevians! Harriett’s Bookshop is delivering books on horseback and we cannot handle it. #SmallBusinessSaturday
Delivering books on horseback. Amazon ain’t got nothing on us. pic.twitter.com/AU2RfC01u7
— Harriett’s Bookshop (@harriettsbooks) November 27, 2021
- This week’s Legends of Tomorrow explores the legacy of the Black Rosies. (via Autostraddle)
- Kathryn Hahn’s “Agatha All Along” just got nominated for a Grammy! (via Comicbook.com)
- Nick Fury is the latest MCU character to join Fortnite. (via IGN)
A very Happy Thanksgiving to you all. pic.twitter.com/KbKz0IJkzX
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) November 25, 2021
How’s your Thanksgiving weekend going, Mary Suevians?
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